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Morfo

Looking for a way to boost your students’ confidence in speaking and raise their awareness of intonation and sentence stress? Or perhaps a student-generated listening activity? Morfo, a fun, innovative and completely free app available for iOS and Windows, could be the tool for you:   Like many other apps that feature on this blog, Morfo … Continue reading

Great Scott – Pecha Kucha and presentation as an art form

From Nik Peachey and Nicky Hockly to Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer, Barcelona has been home to dozens of TEFL gurus.  It’s also where I first heard about Pecha Kucha: a fun presentation format that limits the presenter to 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide.  No more death by PowerP***t … Barcelona resident Scott … Continue reading

Stickman in Hapland

If you and your students enjoyed Samorost and Machinarium, point-and-click adventure Stickman in Hapland is another great digital tool to develop skills such as problem-solving and collaboration. Best of all, it’s available for all platforms, including iPhone and iPad, and won’t cost you a thing. [youtube http://youtu.be/N2o0Q4XfjdI]   Since the action takes place on one screen with … Continue reading

LearnEnglish Teens

If you’ve ever wondered how Easter eggs are made – or if you’re looking for new ways to motivate and engage your teenage students – then check out the egg-cellent LearnEnglish Teens. Developed by BC Hong Kong’s very own Jonathan Rickard and the British Council LearnEnglish team, LearnEnglish Teens is full of ideas for you to use … Continue reading

Lessonstream

For Jamie Keddie, the secret to good language teaching is the same as in cooking – excellent ingredients, or in other words, materials that inspire, engage and motivate students.  He recommends this unusual spaghetti dish as an example: Today, YouTube and other web-based resources give us unprecedented access to often high quality, authentic materials – but … Continue reading

Evaluation of the BBC CBeebies website

BBC CBeebies – Story Time – http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/ As another member of the Learning Technologies course, I am sharing my thoughts on the BBC CBeebies website, specially the Story Time part of the website. Due to teaching a lot of young learners at the moment, this website seemed the most appropriate.  It can be a little slow … Continue reading

Samorost

Samorost – Czech for “to grow by yourself” – Samorost 2 and Machinarium by Amanita Design are a series of beautifully animated “escape the room”-type adventure games, ripe for exploitation in the ELT classroom with almost any age group and level.   Since there’s no text in the original game, the key to learning is in the tasks … Continue reading